Last August, I bought the 4GB iPod Nano. At the time, I bought it to partially join the iPod bandwagon and partially to satisfy my thirst for techno gadgets. For years, friends and family members had turned to me with their geeky questions, but it’s hard to expertly answer a question when I don’t have the technology. Despite my working knowledge learned over the years, I bought my first DVD player in 2005 and both a digital camera and laptop computer in 2006.
Frankly, I didn’t want it. I freak out every time I board a subway train and see an entire row of MP3 earbud warriors, reading a book while listening to music. I don’t know how they multitask like that. Read, or listen, but dear God don’t do both at once! And they tap their thumbs, or kick their toes to the ground. Never sing. Well, rarely sing. I rarely hear them sing to their songs blasting through their ears.
So why did I buy an iPod? To reduce space, basically. I haven’t bought a CD in about two years, and my collection of 300+ CDs collects dust, so I’ve gradually imported my collection into iTunes, keep some of them on my iPod and store the rest on my computer. Right now, I’m ripping the albums I care about, and then I’ll store about 100 CDs in vinyl sleeves, toss their plastic boxes, and sell the rest for cash or credit.
It sounds like a plan. The thing with me and plans, though, is I rarely keep them, preferring spontaneity. In retrospect, I used the iPod for several months last fall, but as soon as I ditched the T for driving into work, I stopped using the player. The act of importing my CDs also fell by the wayside. Now that I have more free time, I’ll continue the importing and will consolidate my personal space with the sleeves and the sales.
In the meantime, if you’re on the subway and hear someone singing aloud the lyrics to the Beatles, Nerf Herder, or Lasgo, you know who to blame.